A Lenten Collect to Not Fear When Persecution Comes

Lord Jesus Christ, who lived ever in obedience to the Father, let us not fear those who threaten us and intend to harm us for our work in your name, but like you, let us continue to follow the will of the Lord, trusting that our lives are in his hands and that we will finish our work when he chooses, through you who died and is alive and will come again from the Father in the power of the Spirit. Amen. ‘At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” He said to them, “Go and tell that fox for me, ‘Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work.’”‘ – Luke 13:31-32